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National gas prices drop, but how about here?

While gas prices have dropped nationally, they moved up a tick locally.

As of Sunday, nationwide prices had dropped a penny to $3.34 for a gallon of regular from the prior week, AAA Mid-Atlantic reported.

As of Tuesday in the Fredericksburg area, the average gas price increased from $3.10 a week ago to $3.15, according to AAA’s Fuel Finder. Still, Virginia and local prices are a lot better than prices at the pump nationwide. Also, local gas prices are lower than last month ($3.26) and a year ago ($3.56).

And AAA thinks prices should drop this fall and winter.

“AAA expects that retail prices will continue to lower in the coming months, as sufficient supplies, flat demand and cheaper winter-blend gasoline mean motorists are likely to pay less to fill their tanks,” said Martha M. Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Barring a hurricane or other unexpected disruption to gasoline production and distribution, the national average could fall to $3.10 to $3.20 per gallon by Christmas, which would be the lowest mark since February 2011.”

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