Bellingham gas prices expected to start leveling off in coming weeks

It’s been a sharp rise in recent weeks, but experts believe Bellingham gas prices should start leveling off.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Bellingham was $3.04 on Monday, March 9, according to data from AAA Washington. That’s up 9 cents in the past week and 70 cents in the past month. While up significantly in the past month, the current average price remains 61 cents below the average from a year ago.

National gas prices rose just 2.5 cents per gallon on average in the past week to $2.45 a gallon, according to Gas prices across the nation and on the West Coast should start leveling off in the next two weeks, said Allison Mac, a petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. Mac said the peak price should take place in April this year, a little earlier than the usual May peak.

Among major metro areas in Washington, Bellingham has the highest average price, followed by Seattle at $3 a gallon. Spokane has the lowest at $2.34 a gallon.

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