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Central Virginia gas prices 'spring' in time for Spring Break

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Goodbye snow, hello springing gas prices. Filling up at the pump across Central Virginia has now reached an average of $3.45, according to the latest gas survey published by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The average price across Central Virginia is now more than 20 cents higher than a month ago, when snow covered the region. The double digit rise also comes days before spring break for area public schools, and could put the breaks on road trips for those tired of a snowed-in season.

"No, I don't think I'll be going on any road trips because of the high gas prices," said traveler Ellyn Foshay in an interview Friday. "I drive 45 minutes one way to work from Short Pump to Chesterfield, and I'm feeling the impact."

A spike in gas prices across the country is currently being blamed on ethanol production issues, but in a statement Friday, AAA Mid-Atlantic could not link prices in the Richmond area to the ethanol situation.

"The recent upswings in gas prices can at times be attributed to local supply and demand issues and are usually temporary," said Tammy R. Gobert, AAA Mid-Atlantic public and government affairs specialist.

The rise in Richmond prices over the past week is the highest reported across the Commonwealth. However, Virginia on average continues to enjoy the 10th lowest gas prices across the country.

Prices are higher in all states bordering Virginia, with the exception of Tennessee. Both states have the same average price of regular grade fuel at $3.42.

For more information on the lowest gas prices in the Richmond area, visit the Pump Patrol page here: http://www.nbc12.com/category/131989/pump-patrol

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