Gas prices on their way back up in Washington

Gas prices are shooting their way back up in Washington state and around the nation, primarily due to the high cost of crude oil.

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in Washington was at $4.87 on Monday of this week, before rising above to $4.89 on Wednesday. In the Seattle metropolitan area, prices have now risen above $5 for the first time ever.

Washington falls fourth in the list of the nation’s most expensive markets for gas, just behind California ($5.84), Hawaii ($5.30) and Nevada ($5.12).

Washington drivers were paying $3.51 on average just one year ago.

The national average is $4.40, 49 cents a gallon cheaper than Washington.