While the price of gas is high the price is unchanged in Yakima over the last week averaging $4.70 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in the valley. GasBuddy officials say prices in Yakima are 92.3 cents per gallon higher than they were a month ago and they're $1.58 per gallon higher than just a year ago.

The cheapest station in the valley can be found in Wapato

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station is in Wapato priced at $3.99 per gallon Sunday while the most expensive was in Yakima at $5.09 per gallon, a difference of $1.10 per gallon. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.99 per gallon while the highest was $5.79 per gallon, a difference of $1.80.On the national side is also unchanged over the last week selling for an average of $4.32 a gallon. The national average is up 83.6 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.47 per gallon higher than a year ago,

A decrease in gas prices may be short lived

“After a furious increase in the national average over the last two weeks, the top appears to be in with average gas prices slowly starting to decline over the last few days,” says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysts at GasBuddy. “While the decrease could be short-lived, it is nonetheless a well-needed break from the large surge in gas prices we've experienced over the last few weeks. The situation remains fluid, and escalations remain very possible, if not likely. For now, a $4.50 per gallon national average is off the table, but it certainly could be a future possibility as long as there is conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”

What a difference a year makes when it comes to gas prices

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
March 14, 2021: $3.12/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)
March 14, 2020: $2.92/g (U.S. Average: $2.23/g)
March 14, 2019: $2.81/g (U.S. Average: $2.53/g)
March 14, 2018: $2.88/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)
March 14, 2017: $2.80/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)
March 14, 2016: $2.09/g (U.S. Average: $1.94/g)
March 14, 2015: $2.51/g (U.S. Average: $2.43/g)
March 14, 2014: $3.48/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)
March 14, 2013: $3.65/g (U.S. Average: $3.70/g)
March 14, 2012: $3.83/g (U.S. Average: $3.82/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $4.77/g, unchanged  from last week's $4.77/g.
Seattle- $4.89/g, unchanged  from last week's $4.89/g.
Washington- $4.73/g, unchanged  from last week's $4.73/g.

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