Christmas ushers in higher gas prices in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Gas prices during Christmas week rose nearly 5 cents over the previous week in South Carolina, according to gas price-tracking website

According to the website, South Carolina prices rose 4.7 cents to an average of $3.09 per gallon. Nationally, prices rose 4.9 cents to an average of $3.29 per gallon.

"The sub-$3-per-gallon gas was great while it lasted, but unfortunately it has nearly completely dried up," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

With the most recent change in average prices, the prices per gallon across the state now sits at 2.9 cents lower than one year ago and 4 cents per gallon lower than one month ago.

Nationally, the average is 4 cents above the same time one month ago and 2.2 cents above one year ago.

"As of late Sunday night, zero states were seeing their averages under $3 per gallon. As the New Year rolls in, this is a type of trend that we're used to seeing. The bottom is behind us and prices generally begin the New Year on a higher note, like they will again this year. The trend won't last forever though, as January and February feature generally weak demand that should limit increases and keep prices relatively moderate for the next month or two," DeHaan said.

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