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Gas Prices Spike

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You've probably noticed a big spike in gas prices the last few days. Get ready because it could get worse before it gets better.

A shortage of gas, in California, is partly to blame for higher gas prices in Nevada, since most of our fuel comes from their refineries.

Officially, those who track gas prices report the average for a gallon of unleaded gas has gone up 11 cents since last week and 2 cents overnight.

But, in reality at most stations the jump has been much, much more.

By the end of the weekend, gas could be even more expensive.

Drivers admit, they are tired of this rising trend.

"Pretty unbelievable," Beau Keenan said. "I mean, just the fact that inflation on gas in this short of period of time is just, I think, hard on anyone."

"I think it's crazy but it's actually higher, in Sacramento, so I would rather pay it here than in Sacramento," Kabreeya Dudley said.

In fact, California's prices shot up 17 cents overnight to an average of $4.49 a gallon.

In some parts of the Golden State, prices have risen 40 cents since last week, flirting with the $6 mark, because of a supply shortage.

"My mom lives in San Diego," Sara Busby said. "So, I hear from her, every time, it's like 150 to top off her truck, which is crazy."

Some California stations are even closed because of the shortage.

That's the result of a recent fire at a refinery, a power failure at another, and a pipeline shutdown.

In the Truckee Meadows, the shortage hasn't affected as much because there's still two to three days of gasoline, stored in Sparks.

Fuel is also being trucked in from Salt Lake City to supplement it.

But officials say it's likely our gas prices will spike again early next week, since most of our fuel comes from California refineries.

Something locals aren't looking forward to.

"I just got a job, thank goodness, because it's really hard to even take my kid to school, come back and run errands, and even look for a job," Robin Spang said.

"I might have to find a new bike," Dudley said.

Experts say we can expect this pressure to continue as refineries get back up to full production.

Refineries are also switching back to the cheaper winter blend of gas.

But the problem is they are shipping some of their summer inventory to Mexico, adding to the supply shortage.

Written by Paul Nelson
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