Gas prices continue to rise in Utah.
According to AAA, Utah's gas prices in February climbed an average of 37 cents over last month, including 12 cents in the last week. A gallon of regular gasoline in Utah costs an average of $3.27.
A rise in gas prices around this time of year is typical in Utah, but how quickly prices have increased is unusual, said AAA spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough.
Utah had been the beneficiary of low-priced oil in recent months as gas prices dropped to the lowest in the country, Fairclough said. But an increase in the cost of oil, along with regional refinery maintenance issues, have caused the rapid rise.
While Utah's gas prices have risen more than the national average in the last month, the state still has the fourth lowest gas prices in the country, according to the report. Additionally, many neighboring states have been hit harder than Utah, with Nevada, Colorado and Arizona experiencing an increase of at least 14 cents in the last week.
"I don't think (Utah) is necessarily being hit harder," Fairclough said. "Every state had an increase in gas prices. We're still doing better than most people in the rest of the country."
Logan experienced the largest increase in the state, with gas prices rising an average of 54 cents in the last month, the report said. Ogden's gas prices climbed an average of 31 cents.
Fairclough said when prices rise so quickly, Utah drivers typically try to limit their time on the roads.
"These prices are difficult for people to absorb into their family budgets," Fairclough said. "These are quite high prices all across the board for this time of year."
Utah normally benefits from some of the lowest winter gas prices in the country but, because of an increased demand and the inclusion into the gas of expensive summer-blend additives, the state pays some of the most expensive prices in the summer, Fairclough said.
While the current rise in Utah gas prices is likely the beginning of that annual trend, Fairclough expects the increase to slow as regional refinery issues are resolved.