Columbus-area gas prices pretty much steady

COLUMBUS, Ohio  (WTVN) -- Buying gas around central Ohio last week was a little less expensive--and we mean a "little" less.

ColumbusGasPrices.com says the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular averaged $2.13, down half a penny from a week earlier.

By contrast, the national average increased by the same amount, to $2.28 a gallon.

AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows Ohio's average at $2.29, up a penny from a week ago.

"With refinery maintenance and turnarounds beginning across the country, we'll likely see a draw down on winter gasoline stocks, leading the national average to rise in the week ahead," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. 

"Despite oil prices that remain range bound in the low to mid-$50's per barrel, refinery status and the likely draw in inventories will win this week's tug of war at the pump, keeping upward pressure on gasoline prices, DeHaan said.

DeHaan warns that "unexpected refinery outages could cause additional volatility or spikes in prices over the next two months due to the limited ability for other refiners to help offset any production losses while performing their planned maintenance."

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