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Gas prices on the rise
Drivers might be paying more at the pump
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Ice on Main Street Great Bend, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. - photo by Daniel Kiewel

Gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.99 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 stations in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.7 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.28/g, according to GasBuddy. 

In Great Bend the price of gas ranges from $1.89 to $1.92. 

Average gasoline prices on Feb. 11 in Kansas have ranged widely over the last five years:

$2.42 per gallon in 2018, $2.14 per gallon in 2017, $1.42 per gallon in 2016, $2.09 per gallon in 2015 and $3.14 per gallon in 2014.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 42.2 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and are 4.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 3.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 28.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Areas near Kansas and their current gas price climate:

Wichita — $1.95 per gallon, up 6.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.88 per gallon.

Lincoln — $2.27 per gallon, up 11.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.15 per gallon.

Topeka — $1.99 per gallon, up 7.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.92 per gallon.

“The national average price of gasoline barely nudged higher last week, driven primarily by stations hiking prices notably in the Great Lakes early last week, pushing the national average to $2.30 per gallon mid-week before those states saw stations again cutting prices and chiseling away at the nation’s average price over the weekend,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “With oil prices sinking last week to $51 per barrel on concerns over a slowdown in trade talks with China, many states saw a respite in gas prices. However, as pipeline specifications begin to shift towards the first step towards summer gasoline requirements in the weeks ahead, the overhang in gasoline inventories will likely start to dry up and push gas prices higher.”

Area Gas Prices

Great Bend — $1.89

Hays — $1.95

Hutchinson — $1.97