GasBuddy: Christmas gas prices will be highest since 2013

2.7 million traveling for holiday across metro Washington

"At 20 cents more per gallon than the same time past year, pump prices don't seem to be a deterrent for today's travelers".

"As we approach Christmas, average gas prices in the USA have fallen to their lowest point in 110 days, just as Hurricane Harvey began causing prices to spike, not exactly the Christmas gift some hoped for, but it's about time nonetheless", Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a report released today.

As of Tuesday, Pennsylvania gas prices dropped by two cents to an average of $2.70 per gallon, according to a news report by AAA.

Average U.S. gas prices are at their lowest point since Hurricane Harvey hit 110 days ago and caused prices to rise, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

The cost of gas has now declined for five straight weeks, AAA said, as refineries are producing more than drivers are buying.

"More than 97 million Americans will begin to hit the road this week for the holidays - the most ever on record", said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. That's down 4 cents from a week earlier, 15 cents from a month earlier but 2 cents higher than at this time in 2016.

Though the gas price will be the highest in years, it's also down from where prices were at Thanksgiving.

The latest Triple-A Fuel Survey puts North Dakota's average at $2.46 a gallon. Pennsylvania (sixth), CT (ninth) and NY (10t ) are three of the top 10 most expensive states for gas. "So today, motorists can find gas for $2.50 or less at 71 percent of gas stations in the country".

State of Tennessee- $2.18, down 3.3 cents per gallon from last week's $2.22.

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