Will The Holidays Affect Gas Prices in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. Many of us will hit the road for the Christmas season.

Prior to the trip, we will need to stop at the gas station to fill up our tanks.

In Wyoming, it will cost us a little bit more than other states.

The average price for gas is $2.80 per gallon, which is thirty-four cents above the average.

Petroleum experts say gas prices are roughly tied to oil prices but don't know why gas is not lower.

"Normally, our gasoline prices tend to follow closely to what Texas and Oklahoma see, along with Louisiana and places like that." Said Bruce Hinchey of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming. "Don't know what's going on right now this time of year. We've been lower by 30 dollars a barrel of oil for some time."

Prices are also affected by the seasons.

There are fewer drivers on the road during winter despite holiday traveling.

With that factored in, we may see a slight drop in prices, but experts say it won't be much.

"Most of our gasoline and oil prices tend to rise in the summer because there's so much more travel during that time. So we have a lot more consumption of gasoline during that period." Explained Hinchey.

The full effect of the holiday season at the gas pumps won't be seen until after it is complete.

Oklahoma is the lowest at $2.03 per gallon, and Hawaii is the most expensive at $3.60 per gallon.