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AAA warns gas prices may spike when WNY reopens

While the cost of gas is significantly lower than the normal average this time of year, AAA warns prices could rise soon.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Local gas prices have gone down slightly since last week, but AAA is warning drivers to be prepared for a spike once the Western New York region opens up. 

The cost of gas around the country is lower than normal because of the coronavirus pandemic. Locally, gas prices in Buffalo and Batavia are down one cent from last week to $2.19 and $2.20, respectively. However, AAA officials said be prepared for prices to bump up soon when the region reopens. 

As more destinations open up and people start heading back to work, more drivers will be on the road. That will rapidly increase the demand for gas, driving the price up. 

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