Northwest Iowa — If you’ve purchased gasoline in the past week or so you’ve doubtless noticed an increase in pump prices. The cost has increased as much as a dime a gallon in recent weeks.
Mark Peterson, at Triple-A-Iowa, says that’s bucking the norm as prices are usually relatively stable or falling during mid-autumn.
Gas prices statewide are averaging $2.52 a gallon, which is nearly a dime higher than here in northwest Iowa, but two cents below the national average.
While refineries are making the switch from summer to winter grades of fuel about now, several other factors are involved that will impact pump prices.
The most expensive gas in the state is in Cedar Rapids at $2.58 a gallon, while here in northwest Iowa, prices are closer to the $2.42 per gallon mark.