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Prepare for Pricier Fill-ups in the Coming Months, Warn Analysts

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Gas prices have continued to rise in Nebraska over the past week and analysts warn that the worst is likely still to come.

The average price for a gallon is now 8.8 cents higher than it stood last week, ringing in at $3.35 per gallon on Sunday.

The national average is also on the increase with prices up 5 cents per gallon from the week before. Nebraska continued to ring up under the national average of $3.40/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Despite the rise in cost in Nebraska during the past week, prices on Sunday were 39.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago but they are 20.9 cents per gallon higher than just one month ago.

In turn the national average has increased 12.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 32.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"The rate of increase in the national average has accelerated over the last week, and the worst is likely yet to come," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"Oil prices continue to move higher as refineries continue their maintenance season, leading to a double whammy at the gas station. In addition, in another month we'll also start seeing refineries producing more expensive, cleaner burning summer gasoline, and that will likely keep upward pressure on retail gasoline prices," he said.

"Just a handful of stations across the nation are seeing a price under $3/gallon, and a few weeks from today, motorists along the West Coast with perhaps a few other states will be wishing for those current $3 prices," DeHaan said.

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