DENVER (KKTV) - Gas prices are creeping back up nationwide, and Colorado is no exception.
According to AAA, the national average is up a nickel this week from last and is nearly 30 cents higher than one month ago.
Gasbuddy.com is predicting $4 gas for Californians sometime in the next couple of weeks. If the prediction comes to pass, it'll be the first time in five years the state has seen prices that high.
Closer to home, AAA says $3 gas is possible for the Rockies region in the coming months.
"Three months ago motorists could find gas for less than $2.50 at 78 percent of gas stations. Today, you can only find gas for that price at one-third of stations, which is likely giving sticker shock to motorists across the country,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Gasoline stocks have been steadily decreasing since early February causing spikes at the pump that are likely to continue for the coming weeks.”
According to AAA, if stocks don't build back up, states including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana could be seeing $3 a gallon gas again come summer.
Currently, the state average is $2.57, well below the $2.75 national average. Western Colorado and the southeast corner have higher gas than the Front Range, according to this map.