Gas prices up 30 cents as holiday weekend begins

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – It was bumper to bumper Thursday at the Shell gas station on Winchester Rd.

"Thornton’s and Speedway raised their prices first," said Mike Ebersole. "So, everybody flocked to this location. It was chaos on the lot."

The Kentucky average is $3.72, which is significantly higher than the national average of $3.66.

The reason for the spike, according to AAA, is that over the last couple of weeks, refineries have changed over from a winter to summer blend.

The timing of this couldn't be worse for people headed out of town for the holiday weekend.

Gas prices at stations like the one at 1-75 are as high as $3.85.

We did find some prices as low as $3.52 in Lexington.

But, for drivers filling up near the interstate, it's little help to them.

One driver from the Washington, D.C. area was shocked to see the gas price go so high.

AAA says gas prices should start going back down after May 1.

That's because it's when the switch from winter to summer blend has to be complete.

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