POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:26am
UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:23pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Gas prices in the Baton Rouge area continue to rise with the average now hitting at $3.73 according to BatonRougeGasPrices.com.
Within the past week gas prices in the Baton Rouge area have risen almost 8 cents. This is almost twice as high as the national average, which saw an increase of roughly 4 cents per gallon. However, Baton Rogue is still below the national average on price per gallon, which is roughly $3.86.
Compared to this time last year gas is in our area is 31 cents higher.
"The national average has risen twenty one consecutive days, according to our data, a troubling sign. Typically we expect such increases to occur more so in April," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "We're 31-cents per gallon ahead of our year ago pace, and I'm seriously contemplating revising my January forecasts upward having seen things race higher, faster than expected. If there's any ounce of good news for motorists, it’s that such high prices so quickly may mean prices will peak in April rather than May," DeHaan said.