Michigan’s gas prices spike as predicted

By Benjamin Raven
MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

MICHIGAN — After holding steady for a couple of weeks following an extended period of consistent decline, gas prices have spiked by 11 cents in the past week in Michigan.

In fact, the Midwest leads the way in the largest week-over-week change in gas prices with them jumping 15 cents per gallon in Ohio and 12 cents per gallon in Indiana. Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, warned ahead of the increase that these three aforementioned states should be looking at a jump to $2.39 per gallon on Monday.

He tweets on Tuesday that the most common price at gas stations in Michigan is his predicted $2.39 per gallon mark. It’s not all bad news, though, as DeHaan says that stations where an increased occurred should “slowly start trickling back down for at least 3-5 days before another hike in a week or so.”

As it currently stands in Michigan, the average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline is going for $2.27 per gallon. The most recent update from GasBuddy came in at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, which indicates prices are up 4 cents from Monday, 14 cents from a week ago and about 17 cents in the last month.

To throw in some positive news with this recent spike in prices, Michigan’s gas prices are still 40 cents cheaper than they were this time last year.

The gas tracking website reports that the cheapest gas in the state can be found in Portage at $1.83 per gallon, and also at $1.83 per gallon in several cash only stations in Southgate, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

AAA reported in a Monday morning nationwide gas breakdown that it didn’t expect prices to change much in the Great Lakes in the coming weeks.

“States throughout the rest of the region have averages that are as much as a three-cents cheaper than last week,” the auto club said in its Monday report.

“With last week’s major winter storm in the rear-view mirror, much of the region is digging out as roads are made passable. This will likely contribute toward retail prices mostly holding steady or declining in the week ahead for much of the region.”

See below for a full rundown and statewide map of average gas prices across the state:

• Ann Arbor: $2.27 (up 10 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average);

• Benton Harbor: $2.28 (up 15 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average);

• Metro Detroit: $2.22 (Up 5 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average);

•Flint: $2.23 (Up 14 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average);

• Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland: $2.25 (Up 12 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average);

•Jackson: $2.16 (Up 7 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average);

•Lansing-East Lansing: $2.19 (Up 8 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average);

• Marquette: $2.25 (Up 1 cent from Monday’s AAA reported average);

• Saginaw-Bay City-Midland: $2.25 (Up 12 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average); and

•Traverse City: $2.31 (Up 21 cents from Monday’s AAA reported average).

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