NC (WMBF) - Gas prices have ticked upward overnight and are expected to climb, according to travel experts.
In some metro areas in the Carolinas, the increase has been between one to three cents in less than 24 hours and the upward trend could continue, according to AAA.
"Unfortunately we expect gas prices to continue to rise gradually in the upcoming weeks," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. "However, barring any events that could cause global oil prices to greatly increase, we believe we won't see three dollars per gallon in 2015."
In addition, union workers from nine oil refineries were on strike for a third day Tuesday.
The United Steelworkers Union is pushing for a new contract with oil companies and if an agreement is not met and the strike continues, motorists could see an increase at the pump, according to AAA.
Right now, North Carolina's statewide average is $2.05 while South Carolina at $1.87, joins 24 states registering averages below $2 per gallon.
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