West Virginia Gas Prices Drop; National Average Nears 2018 Low

Gas Prices, West Virginia
Gas pump by Mike Mozart
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Gas prices in Northern West Virginia are five cents cheaper this week at $2.578 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, gas prices are cheaper on the week (West Virginia, -5 cents).  Gasoline stocks dramatically declined by nearly 3 million barrels on the week to drop to 61.7 million, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  The large draw in stocks kept state gas price averages from seeing larger declines this week.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average: $2.578
Average price during the week of November 19, 2018: $2.629
Average price during the week of November 27, 2017: $2.575

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.770      Bridgeport
$2.758      Clarksburg
$2.345      Huntington
$2.625      Martinsburg
$2.744      Morgantown
$2.357      Parkersburg
$2.524      Weirton
$2.498      Wheeling

On the National Front
On the week, the national gas price average has dropped seven cents to land at $2.56.  As pump prices steadily decline, they are headed toward some of the cheapest gas prices in 2018.  The national average was lowest in January at $2.49, while May brought the most expensive price of $2.97.  Currently, 19 states have gas price averages less expensive than a year ago. 

As U.S. gasoline demand remains low and supply plentiful, motorists may continue to save at the pump in December.  However, spikes in the price of crude oil could offset these savings.  Market observers warn crude could see an increase following the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting on December 6 in Vienna, Austria.  At that meeting, OPEC is expected to curtail crude production by 1 million to 1.4 million barrels per day, which could cause crude prices to rise due to reduced global supply.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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