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Jan 8, 2010 3:02 PM by Ariel Wesler

Winter gas prices unusually high

Winter usually means lower gas prices, since travel generally drops following the busy holiday season, but that's not the case this year.

The average price for a regular gallon of gas in San Luis Obispo county stands at $3.09. That's six cents higher than the state average and up 56 percent from a year ago. In Santa Barbara county, it's the same story with average gas prices at $3.10 a gallon.

Winter storms pounding the mid west and northeast are partly to blame for the increases as more people turn up the thermostat. Optimism about the economy also helped to fuel the rally.

In less than a month, crude oild prices have jumped 20 percent to more than $83 a barrel for the first time since Fall 2008.

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