Gas prices in Western PA are on the rise

We're paying a lot more at the pumps these days.

Gas prices in the Pittsburgh area are near $3 dollars a gallon right now.

AAA's gas price tracker shows the average price per gallon by county in southwestern PA as follows as of March 3:

Allegheny $2.94
Armstrong $2.938
Beaver $2.943
Butler $2.976
Fayette $2.972
Greene $2.998
Indiana $2.971
Lawrence $2.878
Somerset $2.968
Washington $2.956
Westmoreland $2.917

Experts say that's due to cold weather last moth in Texas that shut down refineries. In addition, traffic is starting to pick up more since the pandemic began, but crude oil production has not.

According to AAA spokesperson Jeanette Casselano McGee, the month is shaping up to be an expensive one for motorists. “Barring hurricane season, March may bring the most expensive pump prices of 2021,” she said on AAA's website. “While the month is roaring in like a lion, by the end of it we could see some relief at the pump as refineries resume normal operations, especially if crude oil prices show signs of stability.”

The national average right now is $2.737 a gallon, but we're about 20 cents higher ($2.955), thanks to Pennsylvania's gas taxes, which are among the highest in the country.