(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — Gas prices are continuing to inch up again in Western Pennsylvania.

The average throughout Western Pennsylvania, according to AAA, is $3.865 per gallon. That’s a slight increase from a week ago (Jan. 23) when gas averaged $3.779. It’s a steeper incline from prices just a year ago (Jan. 31, 2022) when gas averaged $3.481 per gallon.

In Erie, gas is averaging $3.869 according to AAA. Warren is averaging $3.889 per gallon, and Meadville is at $3.884.

In Western Pennsylvania, the most expensive average was in Oil City at $3.899 per gallon, followed by Latrobe at $3.893. The least expensive average was in New Castle at $3.796.

According to AAA, the increase is the result of increased demand and higher global oil prices. The national average today is 33 cents more than it was a month ago.