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Gas prices down: Where are they headed with holidays approaching?

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Virginia gas prices have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.27/gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.

Gas prices in Virginia are 0.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.24/gallon higher than a year ago.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.39/gallon today. The national average is up 2.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.30/gallon higher than a year ago.

Analysis

“With oil prices plunging nearly $10 from the recent peak of $85 per barrel, motorists will start to see gas prices decline nationwide, just in time for Thanksgiving, and the decline could stretch for several weeks,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

“It’s not impossible- so long as oil prices hold near these levels or continue falling- that the national average could shed 15 to 30 cents per gallon over the coming weeks, while some areas like California could see declines of as much as 25 to 40 cents. While there’s reason to be optimistic that the peak of gas prices will soon be behind us, the decline in the price of oil is likely reflecting the possibility of a coordinated global release of oil from strategic reserves. If that doesn’t happen, oil could again rally. However, with Covid cases on the rise again reducing global demand, it does seem the most likely outcome will be a drop in gas prices that could last several weeks.”

Trends

Historical gasoline prices in Virginia and the national average going back ten years:

  • November 22, 2020: $2.03/g (U.S. Average: $2.10/g)
  • November 22, 2019: $2.34/g (U.S. Average: $2.60/g)
  • November 22, 2018: $2.40/g (U.S. Average: $2.55/g)
  • November 22, 2017: $2.31/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)
  • November 22, 2016: $1.98/g (U.S. Average: $2.13/g)
  • November 22, 2015: $1.91/g (U.S. Average: $2.07/g)
  • November 22, 2014: $2.65/g (U.S. Average: $2.82/g)
  • November 22, 2013: $3.14/g (U.S. Average: $3.22/g)
  • November 22, 2012: $3.25/g (U.S. Average: $3.43/g)
  • November 22, 2011: $3.24/g (U.S. Average: $3.33/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

  • Roanoke- $3.22/g, down 2.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.24/g.
  • Richmond- $3.23/g, down 2.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.25/g.
  • West Virginia- $3.31/g, down 0.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.32/g.

GasBuddy data is accessible at prices.GasBuddy.com.