Gas prices continue to rise

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Drivers who haven't been paying close attention at the gas pumps lately are sure to take notice by year's end.

The prediction for North Carolina is that the price of a gallon of regular gas could reach $3.00 before 2010 comes to a close.

"Gas prices are high and they're getting higher," said Tom Crosby with the local office of the Automobile Association of America.

Oil prices are above $90 a barrel for the first time in two years.  The surge is pushing gasoline and other fuel prices higher.

As of Wednesday afternoon the average price for a gallon of gas in North Carolina is $2.91.  In Mecklenburg County the average is $2.92.  That's 11 cents more than this time last week, according to AAA.