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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah drivers are getting a bit of an early Christmas present with some of the lowest gasoline prices in the country. AAA Utah reported that pump prices in the Beehive State are the third-lowest nationwide.

The average price for a gallon of regular, self-serve gasoline is $2.81 — 2 cents lower than last month, but 22 cents higher than a year ago. Only Colorado and Wyoming have lower average gas prices.

“Utah’s prices are following the typical pattern of substantial drops during the winter months as driving demand lessens as the temperature plummets,” said AAA Utah spokesperson Rolayne Fairclough. “This trend is typically for states in the Rocky Mountains as well as the Upper Midwest where cold temperatures and winter storms curtail all but absolutely necessary driving.”

Nationally, the average for regular is just under the $3 mark at $2.98 —a 12-cent jump over last month and 38 cents higher than the same period last year.

Hawaii reported the highest average gasoline price at $3.56 per gallon, while the Golden state of California had the highest price in the lower 48 states at $3.26 a gallon. Colorado tallied the lowest average price in the country at $2.73 per gallon.

Jasen Lee