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Remember $2 a gallon gasoline? It just passed $3, and is expected to stay there through summer

Average gasoline prices in Utah just passed $3 a gallon — about a 50% increase since late February when they averaged about $2 a gallon.

“We could likely be seeing $3-a-gallon gasoline or more in Utah for most of the summer,” said AAA spokesman Michael Blasky.

On Wednesday, the average price for regular gasoline in Utah hit $3.04 a gallon, up by a nickel from $2.99 on Tuesday, according to the AAA Fuel Gage Report.

A week ago, Utah’s average was $2.90 a gallon. A month ago it was $2.40.

“This is the season when refineries switch to their summer blend of gasoline,” Blasky said.