What's worse? While analysts are predicting a 15-cent surge this week, "Prices could rise even more, depending on how the crude market responds to the latest news of a US missile strike over the weekend", AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.
February predictions of $4-a-gallon gasoline in California by Memorial Day stalled a bit in March, but prices are climbing again, and not just in California. The cost is 25.1 cents a gallon more than a month ago and 33.2 cents more than the same time a year ago.
In the Carolinas, pump prices have hit their highest of the year as well. Despite the increase, SC still ranks among the least expensive states for gas prices in the country.
AAA warned drivers this week to expect an increase in gas prices because of the ongoing conflict in Syria and its impact on crude oil prices.
The current gas average in Virginia is $2.53, which is the highest gas has been in the commonwealth since the summer of 2015.
On Monday, crude oil was more than $67 per barrel, the highest since December 2014, pushing the national average to $2.71 per gallon, the highest since July 2015.
Despite the increase, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Virginia still sits almost 20 cents lower than the national average, which hovered at $2.71 on Monday. "With the transition to summer gasoline also wrapping up, the reasons gas prices to rise will shrink". With Baker Hughes, Inc. reporting that the US added seven oil rigs last week - bringing the total to 815.
Oil prices edged higher last week following new concerns about tension in the Middle East, with military strikes against Syria.
If gas prices follow their typical trajectory, they may rise slightly in the next month or so but should start falling after that, DeHaan said. "Refinery maintenance has gone well thus far, and gasoline supply has continued to push higher as more refiners conclude their work".
DeHaan offered a mixed assessment of the near future: "The seasonal surge at gas pumps is in full motion, causing the most dreaded time of year for fearful motorists, especially of what may still be coming". However, we're likely in the closing innings of the seasonal rise - let's just hope we don't go to extra innings.