AAA: Twin Cities gas prices to linger around $3 through Jan.


The average gas price in the Twin Cities should remain around $3 per gallon to start off 2013.

In an interview with WCCO, Gail Weinholzer of AAA says the slow economic recovery is keeping consumer demand fairly stable at the same time oil producers in the Middle East are relatively stable.

Weinholzer predicts the next significant increase may come in late February when the switchover to summer-grade fuel begins.

The lowest gas price reported in the metro Wednesday by was $2.89.

Experts say 2012 was the most expensive year for gas. The national average of $3.60 per gallon beat the 2011 record average of $3.51.

Next Up


Blame Chicagoland for high gas prices in the Twin Cities

As of Tuesday, AAA reported gas prices in Minnesota had jumped 19 cents per gallon over the past seven days -- 18 cents higher than the national average. Experts say the culprit is Chicago. The Pioneer Press reports the metropolis is fueled by a number of Midwest refineries, but three of those refineries have been completely or partially off-line for maintenance.