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Excited for spring? Don’t get too excited. Gas could hit near $3 per gallon in Idaho.

Gas prices are expected to rise nationally this spring. The average price per gallon in Idaho could hit $2.85.
Gas prices are expected to rise nationally this spring. The average price per gallon in Idaho could hit $2.85. kjones@idahostatesman.com

Spring is almost in the air. As far as your car is concerned, that might not be the best news.

According to AAA Idaho, gas prices around the country are expected to average $2.70 per gallon this spring. Within Idaho, that price could hit $2.85 or more.

Idaho’s current average gas price is $2.57, good for 17th-highest in the country and 13 cents higher than last year. The national average is $2.53, AAA Idaho said.

The reason for the potential rise in gas prices is partially due to Gulf Coast oil refineries being out of service due to deferred maintenance in the spring, AAA said.

“There’s a growing thirst for oil and gasoline products around the world,” AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde said. “The middle class is rapidly expanding in China and India. OPEC continues its oil production cuts. Latin and South America need U.S. fuel to counter their refinery issues. All of these market forces are making crude oil and gas prices more volatile.”

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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