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AAA: Gas price hike likely through April

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Northeast snow storms in the Northeast and better than expected growth in China have kept on fuel prices up, according to the AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Plus the transition to summer blend fuel and refinery maintenance pushed oil and gas prices higher just in the past few weeks. The fuel report expects gas prices to increase into April. 

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.58, 7 cents more than last week. Georgia's average of $3.47 rose 2 cents from last week, according to AAA.  

Last year, gas prices peaked in April, but trended downward through the summer. Expect this year to be similar, but with lower gas prices overall, barring anything that would have a major impact on fuel supplies. 

"Gas prices are still forecast to peak in April, so it's likely motorists will see pump prices steadily increase during the next couple of months," said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group, in a statement. "However, the national average is not expected to exceed $4 a gallon this year for regular unleaded gasoline." 

See the AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report to find national, state, and local metro market retail gasoline prices.

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