As long as the winter continues and you choose not to drive we won't see a big spike in gas prices. But GasBuddy officials say once the spring and summer driving season start prices are likely to surge ahead.

Gas prices see another rise this week in Yakima

Average gasoline prices in Yakima have risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.82 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima. Prices in Yakima are 5.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.21 per gallon higher than a year ago.
Like every week the cheapest gas can be found in Wapato priced at $3.40 per gallon while the most expensive was $4.09 per gallon, a difference of 69.0 cents.
On the national side gas prices are up  2.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.34 per gallon today.

Winter is helping to keep prices low

The national average is up 6.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 92.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.
“The price of oil pushed into territory unseen in over seven years as WTI crude hit $88 per barrel, which continues to drag gasoline prices higher. With continued concerns over geopolitical tensions and crude oil supply, the small yet noticeable increases are likely to continue," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "The only factor keeping gas prices from rising more substantially is that gasoline demand remains low as winter storms keep motorists closer to home. Once the weather starts to turn and warm gradually, we'll lose the only restraint to larger price increases."

Look at what you were paying just a year ago!

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
January 31, 2021: $2.61/g (U.S. Average: $2.42/g)
January 31, 2020: $2.96/g (U.S. Average: $2.47/g)
January 31, 2019: $2.75/g (U.S. Average: $2.27/g)
January 31, 2018: $2.86/g (U.S. Average: $2.59/g)
January 31, 2017: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.27/g)
January 31, 2016: $2.07/g (U.S. Average: $1.80/g)
January 31, 2015: $1.96/g (U.S. Average: $2.05/g)
January 31, 2014: $3.19/g (U.S. Average: $3.27/g)
January 31, 2013: $3.21/g (U.S. Average: $3.43/g)
January 31, 2012: $3.36/g (U.S. Average: $3.44/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.96/g, down 1.3 cents per gallon from last week's $3.97/g.
Seattle- $4.10/g, down 1.5 cents per gallon from last week's $4.11/g.
Washington- $3.92/g, down 1.7 cents per gallon from last week's $3.94/g.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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