- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 14, 2010

TOWSON, Md. — This year’s record-breaking snowfalls have had a positive impact on gas prices.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of gasoline fell coast to coast for the fifth week in row.

Gas purchases nationwide fell 3.7 percent for the week that ended Feb. 5, with snowfall the biggest factor in the decline.

However, the current price of a gallon of regular unleaded is still 68 cents higher than a year ago.

While the demand for gas is flat, crude oil prices rallied during the week, closing at $74 a barrel.

Triple-A Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Averella says the bad weather likely will have caused many to cancel their travel plans over the three-day Presidents Day weekend, keeping demand low.

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