Winter isn’t officially here but you couldn’t tell it by the prices at the gasoline pumps. Winter usually means lower prices but they’re already here, reaching an average of $2.39 a gallon in Oklahoma, a 12-cent drop in the past week.
AAA Oklahoma reports this week’s average is approaching the $2.36 average one year ago in the state. The state’s average is among the lowest in the nation. Nationally, the average is $2.74 a gallon.
Missouri has a $2.37 average while drivers in Arkansas pay an average of $2.45. In Kansas, the average is $2.47 while in Colorado it’s up to $2.80.
Drivers in New Mexico are paying $2.65 while those in Texas pay $2.40 a gallon.
In Oklahoma, the highest prices continue to be in the western part of the state. They’ve dropped to $2.90 a gallon in Hollis in the southwest and $2.81 in Shattuck. Wagoner county in the northeast is the lowest in the state with an average of $2.23 a gallon while Oklahoma County’s average is $2.25.
Among the cities, Tulsa is lowest at $2.27. Lawton’s average is $2.29 and the average in Oklahoma City is $2.30 a gallon.
The government reported earlier that the demand for gasoline last week was 9.1 million barrels a day which was 160,000 less than the previous week and 400,000 barrels a day less than at this time a year ago.
As a result, the dropping demand means lower prices at the pump.