Gas prices expected to spike in 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Motorists may get some sticker shock in 2017, with the national yearly average gas price rising to $2.49 per gallon.

Analysts with Gas Buddy say gasoline prices are expected to rise because a list of factors being mixed into the yearly forecast has never been larger.

This includes a new White House administration, taxation changes and Middle East volatility.

Gas Buddy predicts prices will rise 35 to 60 cents between February and mid-May as retailers switch to summer blends.