Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 | 2 a.m.
The average price for gas in Nevada is now the lowest it has been since February after a 21-cent drop in the past month, according to the AAA auto club.
Motorists can expect to pay an average of $3.40 per gallon for regular gas in the Silver State, according to the auto club’s monthly fuel price report.
The winter drop brings prices below last month’s average of $3.61 and considerably lower than May’s average of $3.92 per gallon, the highest of 2011.
However, prices remain above last December’s average of $3.06 per gallon, AAA said.
Gas prices were down nationally, but not as much everywhere as they were in Nevada. The national average fell 14 cents in the past month, and is now $3.27.
Nevada currently has the ninth-highest gas prices in the nation, AAA said. Hawaii leads with an average of $4.06, while Alaska’s average is $3.96 and California is at $3.59.
Prices fell across Nevada, with the new averages remaining higher in the north than the south, with the exception of Carson City.
North Las Vegas and Carson City both have a current average of $3.36 per gallon, a 22-cent decrease for North Las Vegas and a 19-cent drop for Carson City. Las Vegas’ average is $3.37, a 21-cent decrease; Henderson’s average is $3.38, a 22-cent drop; Elko is at $3.43, a 26-cent change; Reno’s average is $3.45, a 21-cent drop; and Spark’s average is $3.48, a 21-cent decrease.