WEST VIRGINIA — The average price for gasoline across Northern West Virginia is 19 cents higher this week at $3.490 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average                                     $3.490
Average price during the week of January 17, 2023                                    $3.309
Average price during the week of January 24, 2022                                    $3.113

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations: 

$3.534      Bridgeport
$3.500      Clarksburg
$3.336      Huntington
$3.497      Martinsburg
$3.570      Morgantown
$3.370      Parkersburg
$3.560      Weirton
$3.550      Wheeling

Trend Analysis:
Drivers appear to be taking advantage of the recent milder weather in much of the nation by fueling up and hitting the road. An increase in gasoline demand and slightly more expensive oil pushed the national average for a gallon of gas 12 cents higher over the last week to $3.42. Today’s average is 33 cents more than a month ago and ten cents more than a year ago.

According to data from the Energy Information Administration, gas demand rose from 7.56 million to 8.05 million barrels per day last week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 3.5 million barrels to 230.3 million barrels.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session, West Texas Intermediate increased by 98 cents to settle at $81.31. Crude prices rose at the end of last week due to increased market optimism that crude demand may be more robust than expected this year. In particular, the market believes that the re-opening of China’s economy, despite high coronavirus infection rates, will help to bolster global crude demand, while supporting elevated prices.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at gasprices.aaa.com.