In what's becoming a traditional sign that spring is arriving in Whatcom County, gasoline prices are rising at local stations.
On Monday, March 10, the average price for a gallon of gas in the Bellingham metro area was $3.64, according to data from AAA Washington's Daily Fuel Gauge report. That's up 11 cents from last week and up 24 cents compared to a month ago.
While up significantly from the past month, it's still much lower than a year ago, when the average price was $3.98 a gallon.
Gas prices tend to rise in the spring as demand for fuel picks up and some refineries go offline for maintenance work and to switch to the spring/summer blends.
Bellingham's average price is once again the highest among major Washington metro areas, followed by Seattle at $3.58 a gallon. The Spokane area has the least expensive gas, averaging $3.37 a gallon.
The average price for a gallon of diesel is $4.04 a gallon, up 4 cents in a week. Last year, the average price for a gallon of diesel in Bellingham was $4.27.