- Weekend plans could be overshadowed by skyrocketing gas prices as Regular jumps to $3.99 a gallon.
Amy Korpi, one woman traveling back to Minnesota, "We're just shocked by the increase in price."
All across the Northwoods gas prices are jumping. With the price of food prices likely going up too, it's unwelcome news.
"On the drive over we're varying from $3.49 to $3.69 and we've been on the lake for a week and this is the first gas station we've come to and we were pretty shocked to see &3.99," said Korpi.
The recent spike in prices can be blamed on several factors.
July 17th a pipeline leak in Green Bay forced one line to shut down temporarily.
Then less than two weeks later another pipeline burst in Adams County. That one is still shut down.
AAA Regional Spokesperson, Pam Moen, said, "It's having the effect of really tightening supplies for gasoline here in the Midwest and that's why we're paying so much more for it today."
But it's not just affecting motorists. The hike in prices has car buyers thinking twice.
Rhinelander Dealership General Manager, Mark Klewer, said "A lot of people are very concerned with fuel economy and they're coming in. There's a lot of vehicles out there, the domestics, that are getting 40 miles per gallon even with an automatic transmission."
The good new is, the prices won't stay high for long.
"Once those issues get resolved I would expect prices to moderate and then we should see our prices reflect the national trend," said Moen.
Due to safety hazards, the USDOT will not allow the pipeline in Adams County to re-open, according to a press release from the WPMCA.
Until that's running, gas prices are expected to remain where they are and could even go higher, Moen predicts.