A lot of new snow means you may be using more gas these days. And even though gas prices are up they're still affordable. Average retail gasoline prices in Yakima have risen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 91 gas outlets in Yakima. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.34/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Yakima during the past week, prices yesterday were 26.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 4.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has   during the last month and stands 35.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on January 3 in Yakima have ranged widely over the last five years:

$2.33/g in 2016, $2.41/g in 2015, $3.29/g in 2014, $3.31/g in 2013 and $3.35/g in 2012.


Areas near Yakima and their current gas price climate:

Tacoma- $2.70/g, up 6.6 cents per gallon from last week's $2.63/g.

Seattle- $2.72/g, up 3.0 cents per gallon from last week's $2.69/g.

Washington- $2.67/g, up 4.2 cents per gallon from last week's $2.62/g.


"In 2016, motorists spent an average $2.13 per gallon on gasoline, the cheapest yearly average since 2004, and 28 cents lower than 2015, but if motorists made a resolution to pay less in 2017, they either broke it already or aren't planning on driving for a while. While nearly 100,000 gas stations in the country were selling for $1.99 per gallon a year ago, fewer than 3,000 are today. Though we may see rising gas prices take a brief break in early February, we're unlikely to come anywhere close to last year's low levels," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

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