Gas prices inch higher as spring creeps closer

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Gas prices have been inching up as we move closer to spring, but they're still well below what most Americans have become accustomed to over the past few years. (WPVI)

Gas prices have been inching up as we move closer to spring, but they're still well below what most Americans have become accustomed to over the past few years.

At the end of January the average price per gallon in the five county area was $1.99 - the lowest since 2001.

AAA says it dropped even lower in February as wholesalers cut prices to clear out winter-blended gas.

Now tracking experts say it has been slowly creeping up in recent weeks, reflecting the change of seasons as refineries switch over to more expensive summer blends.

Experts say it was never destined to remain under $2 a gallon. But even at the height of summer travel it will reach nowhere near the price levels of recent summer.

Watch Action News reporter Vernon Odom report above to learn more.

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