(State) Gas prices are expected to stay steady or possibly rise heading towards the Memorial Day holiday at the end of the month.
Gail Wineholzer is the spokesperson with the Iowa/Minnesota AAA,
“Right now we know the average is $3.59. Iowa as well as much of the upper Midwest is above the national average. Iowa isn't quite as much above as some of the other states but the national average is $3.70.”
The reason that gas prices may rise slightly up until the Fourth of July has to do with maintenance of refineries.
“Unfortunately there are a couple of large refineries in the Chicagoland area that feed much of the upper midwest that are using this time for extended maintenence and they may not be back on line until well past Memorial Day and perhaps even as late as the 4th of July."
The AAA travel estimates are not yet finalized but Weinholzer hints that the number of travelers may be down. The official report is due out next Wednesday.