Spring has sprung, so have gas prices

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) People heading out of town for the Easter holiday will find a familiar, if unwelcome sight: rising gas prices.

They're at their highest in recent years.

According to AAA, the national average is $2.83 a gallon. In the Parkersburg area, prices recently have been as high as $2.85 for regular gas.

They're expected to rise, as we get closer to the summer driving season.

Still, that's not expected to keep holiday travelers off the roads.

"The good news we see is that, as gas prices go up, that's not a big enough deterrent for people to say they're not going to take a summer road trip," says Jim Garrity, AAA Spokesman. "Most people will just find whatever ways they can to offset that cost, whether it's on the trip or leading into the trip in the months ahead."

Although prices overall are higher than they were a year ago, AAA says they're the result of normal activity this time of year.

That includes increased consumption due to warmer weather, and the annual shift by refineries from winter to summer gasoline blends.

An oil analyst also tells us political turmoil in the oil-producing nation of Venezuela is a factor this year.