You knew it was only a matter of time, right? You probably noticed gas stations across Billings changing their price signs on the way to and from work last week.

Sure enough, the time has arrived.

Average retail gasoline prices in Billings have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.78 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 81 gas outlets in Billings. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.81 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.

Including the change in gas prices in Billings during the past week, prices yesterday were 39.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 1.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 7.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 64.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Gas stations throughout Billings were bustling as some waited in line to fill their tanks before prices go even higher.

Cindy Uken, Townsquaremedia

According to Gas Buddy historical data, gasoline prices on March 7 in Billings have ranged widely over the last five years:

  • $2.17 per gallon in 2015
  • $3.22 per gallon in 2014
  • $3.28 per gallon in 2013
  • $3.33 per gallon in 2012
  • $3.14 per gallon in 2011.