Southern deep freeze is also felt at local gas pumps

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UTICA — The arctic blast that hit Texas and the South, leaving millions without power amid record-chilling temperatures, has also left local drivers out in the cold as far as gasoline prices as concerned.

Since Monday, the national gas price average has increased 10 cents to $2.60.

This 4-day jump is a direct result of all major Gulf Coast refineries being impacted by the recent storm, which has caused gas supplies to tighten and pump prices to increase, according to AAA Northeast.

The average price in New York state for a gallon of unleaded gas has jumped 6 cents to $2.66 per gallon, and the average cost per gallon in the Rome-Utica area is also up 6 cents to $2.69 per gallon.

“The situation is very similar to a Gulf Coast hurricane’s impact. Refineries come offline, and until damage (if any) is assessed and operations are back up and running, supply is tight, especially with road conditions and power outages (mostly in Texas) reducing fuel deliveries – if stations even have power to accept them,” said Patti Artessa, AAA Northeast regional director of public and government affairs.

“Until things thaw out and Gulf Coast refineries are running again (likely early next week), we do expect more expensive pump prices across the country,” Artessa added.

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