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Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 11/07/2011

High gas prices await Thanksgiving travelers

AAA is telling travelers to prepare to pay more for fuel this holiday season. (Mark Gail - The Washington Post)
Washington area travelers should expect to pay more for gas this holiday season than they did last year, AAA Mid-Atlantic has warned.

According to the auto club, the national average price of gasoline is two cents higher than it was last month and 58 cents higher than the same time last year.

AAA forecasts that gas will cost about $3.40 per gallon by Thanksgiving week. The national average per-gallon cost last year was $2.87.

If you’re looking for a deal on the cheapest gas in the D-M-V, you might want to check out, which maintains a database of reports from volunteer price spotters and service stations across the Washington region.

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