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Gas prices soaring early in the year

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Gas prices are soaring in Las Vegas and across the nation, and there's no relief in sight.

The average price per gallon in Nevada is $3.67, up $0.55 from one month ago. Experts say it's pretty early in the year for gas prices to be climbing so quickly.

Prices typically rise as summer gets closer, but oil analysts say the spike is happening a little earlier each year.

Driver Sandra Ayala says she wanted to take her grandchildren to Disneyland this President's Day weekend. She blames prices at the pump for keeping her family at home instead.

"It was kind of cheap two months ago, it was good, but it went up really quick," said Ayala as she filled up her tank.

In Las Vegas the average price is $3.63 a gallon, more than $0.60 higher than prices one month ago. Experts suggest the prices will continue climbing thanks to rising oil prices and refineries shutting down. They say at this rate we could easily have a nationwide average of $4 by summertime.

One couple visiting from Canada says the gas prices on their road trip were significantly lower than what they're used to.

"It's been actually really cheap compared to where we're from in Canada. The average tank that we spent was about $35 and the average tank in Canada is $55 to $50, so it's pretty cheap. We like it," said Vegas visitor Kyle Gingras.

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