SC gas prices up almost 3 cents

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Average retail gas prices in South Carolina have increased 2.9 cents in the last week, according to gas price tracking website GasBuddy.

      The average price in the Palmetto State is now $3.13 per gallon.

      "As the cooler temperatures continue to invade the U.S., gasoline prices continue to cool off as well, with the national average declining for yet another week," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

      The national average dropped 0.8 cents per gallon to $3.36.

      "Oil prices were within an arms reach of dropping under $100/bbl last week, but haven't yet crossed that line just yet. Meanwhile, gasoline prices have slowed their descent, with the national average moving just slightly lower over the last seven days. The cities that had seen average gasoline prices under $3/gal have dried up, yet eighteen states still have at least one station selling gasoline under that level. The bad news? Oil and gasoline futures may be more volatile this week as the Fed shutdown is over, and the Energy Information Administration releases data about supply and demand for the last two weeks. Should that data be surprising, it may have an impact on the direction of gasoline prices in the days ahead," DeHaan said..