TOLEDO, Ohio – Toledo gas prices rose 1.7 cents per gallon last week, an average of $ 2.86 per gallon.
According to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 315 Toledo stations, prices are 6.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and $ 1.03 higher than a year ago. The cheapest gasoline in town is $ 2.69 and the most expensive is $ 3.09.
The temporary shutdown of the colonial pipeline following a cyberattack helped the national average rise 6.4 cents a gallon last week. The national average is $ 3.03, up 16.8 cents from the previous month.
“The national average gas price increased last week due to large price hikes in the southeastern states due to the previously decommissioned colonial pipeline, but there have been less fluctuations in most areas outside this region,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “With the pipeline back in operation, I expect prices will come down in the hardest hit states, particularly Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia.”
De Haan said the national average should drop below $ 3 a gallon soon, but it probably won’t last. Memorial Day weekend could lead to higher prices with increased demand.