By Jesse Wood
Feb. 16, 2015. After dropping for about nine months, gas prices are on the rise again in Western North Carolina and beyond.
In Watauga County, prices seemed to settle just under $2.10 about a month ago. This past weekend, commuters noticed a five-cent increase at various gas stations in the county.
On Feb. 9, AAA noted that gas prices rose 14 consecutive days to an average of $2.18, and in the past week, AAA’s Twitter feed told followers to “get it while you can” and “the thrill is gone,” referring to rebounding gas prices.
While a rebound in prices has begun, the per-gallon price is still considerably lower than the Memorial Day-weekend peak in 2014, when a gallon of gas cost nearly $3.70.
Motorists have enjoyed the start to 2015, which has seen a gallon of gas cost $1 lower than during the initial months of 2012, 2013 and 2014.