JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Gasoline prices are down significantly across Missouri, but that trend may soon come to an end.
AAA Auto Club's latest fuel price index shows Missouri has the nation's lowest gasoline price with an average of $3.42 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Some Missouri cities are even lower, including St. Louis, with an average price of $3.31, some 70 cents cheaper than the records set in mid-July.
In Region 8, Poplar Bluff still continues to see above average gas prices. Wednesday averaged $3.55 a gallon for most stations. That's over 20 cents higher than gas was in Gainesville.
In Jonesboro Wednesday, prices varied considerably, with $3.49 a gallon gas at one station, while another in Jonesboro at $3.28, over a 20 cent difference in the same town! Most stations within the core of Jonesboro saw gas hovering right near $3.30 a gallon, while stations further out were around $3.40.
AAA's Mike Right cites the decline in crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices as the reason for the gas price fall.
But Right says prices may be going up again. Wholesale gas prices have risen 25 cents per gallon in the last week. And Hurricane Gustav is threatening the Gulf Coast, raising concerns it could damage refineries.