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Gas could reach record high on Christmas Day


Gas prices are falling in our area, but it's not as good as it seems. A gallon of gas will cost you about $3.34 in central Wisconsin, but we're looking at a record high for Christmas Day.

"It's still going down, but it's still extremely high," Angie Bryant of Weston said.

But experts say we may be headed for a record.

Last year on Christmas Day in Wisconsin, a gallon of regular unleaded gas cost $3.24 a gallon. Right now, we're a few cents above that.

"This may be as good as it gets, or very close to as good as it gets. Prices tend to go up into the new year. If prices are this high starting the new year, it could shape up for a rough 2013," Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at said.

That has some drivers worried.

The steady decrease has helped the city of Wausau save thousands of dollars. That's because of all the miles put on by city vehicles every day.

That's a drop in the bucket for its over $50 million dollar budget, but city leaders say every bit helps.

"Just like everybody else, we're hoping the price drops because it saves our budget," Mark Hanson with Wausau Public Works said.

That's a feeling shared by many.

"I hope it does down quite a bit more, so we can visit our families and spend time with them," Bryant said.

That's a trip that could cost a little more this Christmas.


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