Steady climb in gas prices likely to continue through Labor Day

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Those hitting the roadways for the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend will experience a little more pain at the pump compared to last year’s Labor Day.

The steady rise in gas prices in recent weeks will likely continue through Labor Day.

According to gasbuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the Roanoke Valley is $2.86 — that’s 90 cents more per gallon compared to last Labor Day.

Gas prices are expected to come down a bit after Labor Day and the end of the Hurricane Season.

But for now, motorists are urged to shop around as gas prices will likely vary from station to station. One station in Roanoke is currently charging more than $3.19 per gallon.

“I think that motorists should always shop around. They can avoid these stations, as you mention there are two stations in Roanoke over three dollars a gallon. Thankfully, there are many other stations in the $2.70s and $2.90s. Always shop around. But again, it is up to the stations what they want to charge,” said Patrick De Haan, Head of Petroleum Analysis at GasBuddy.

De Haan added that he expects a sharp drop in gas prices by October as demand drops and companies switch to the cheaper winter blends.

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