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Gas prices top $4 a gallon mark in Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - As Wisconsinites gear up for Memorial Day Weekend, gas prices are well above $4 a gallon in Eau Claire – and they’re inching toward the $4 mark elsewhere.

The AAA said Tuesday morning that the average statewide price for regular unleaded is about $3.94 a gallon. That’s almost two cents more than Monday, 16 cents more than a week ago, and 34 cents more than a month ago.

Eau Claire reported an average of $4.14 a gallon Tuesday. Other parts of Wisconsin are in the $3.80’s and $3.90’s.

In neighboring Minnesota, gas prices set new records recently, above $4.

Gail Weinholzer of the Gopher State’s AAA blamed it on constricted supplies from Midwest oil refineries. She says the problem is being fixed with fuel shipments from the Gulf Coast.

Weinholzer expects the Midwest refineries to get back on line soon after Memorial Day. She expects peak prices later this week, with a slow drop after the holiday, and a more rapid decline in mid-June.