GILLETTE (WNE) — Gasoline prices in Wyoming have gone up almost 6 cents in a month, but they are expected to trend downward as winter approaches.

Prices in Wyoming average $2.20 a gallon —  0.5 cents a gallon higher than a week ago, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 494 stations. It was $2.045 in Gillette, which was third lowest in the state behind Albany ($1.946) and Laramie and Natrona (both at $2.007)

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.17 a gallon today.

"Seasonal factors, as expected, are pushing gas prices down in most areas across the country," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "In addition, oil prices have hit a rough patch on renewed concerns about the economy and falling demand, leaving motorists the beneficiaries for the next few weeks.

"No one should be in a rush to fill up as prices will likely continue to trend lower," he said.

The summer gasoline requirement ends on Tuesday, ushering in cheaper-to-produce winter gasoline and a return to less fragmentation in supply since winter gasoline is common nearly coast-to-coast, he said.

In Wyoming, gas prices are 40.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

The cheapest station in Wyoming is priced at $1.79 a gallon while the most expensive is $3.09.


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