SC gas prices dip 2.3 cents last week

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Gas prices across the state have dropped just a little bit more in the last week.

      Gas price tracking website found in a survey that average gas prices across the state are 2.3 cents per gallon lower in the past week. The national average fell by less than a cent.

      The average price per gallon in the Palmetto State is now $3.10, the website found. Nationally, prices average $3.24 per gallon.

      "The National Weather Service says this week begins with much of California under a 'hard freeze warning' and separate storm systems tracking across the Great Lakes region and from the Gulf Coast to the northeast, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain from the Lower Mississippi River Valley northeastward to New England," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst, GasBuddy.

      "Under conditions like that, consumer demand usually declines and that often results in a nominal decrease in retail gas prices," Laskoski added. "That may be what lies ahead this week."

      As it stands, prices in South Carolina are 2 cents per gallon higher than one year ago and 8.6 cents higher than one month ago. Nationally, prices are 3.9 cents above the price one month ago and 10.4 cents lower than one year ago.