Central Ohio gas prices up nearly 20 cents

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Central Ohioans are paying close to 20 cents more for a gallon of gas than they did last week.

GasBuddy.com surveyed 500 gas outlets around Columbus and found the average price for a gallon of regular at $2.30 Monday morning, compared to $2.11 last Monday.

The state average is $2.26, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

While the national average price of gasoline fell just a fraction of a penny to $2.33 a gallon, the road ahead may be a bit bumpier, according to one industry analyst.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com says, "you can thank Wednesday's weekly report from the Energy Information Administration for the rally as government data showed a larger than expected decline in oil inventories and gasoline inventories, weighing on markets at the precise time that OPEC chats about extending its crude oil production cuts."

Both factors, DeHaan says, may give consumers a taste for where prices will go to start the summer driving season.