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Gas prices rise in Maryland amid holiday travel

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If you traveled for Thanksgiving, you'll likely pay more for gas getting home than you did getting away.

Amid strong seasonal demand, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Maryland rose to $3.42 on Friday, an increase of 10 cents compared to last week, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Prices are rising nationally as well, though not as dramatically, with the nationwide average for a gallon of gasoline on Friday rising to $3.28, compared to $3.24 last week, AAA said.

"As travelers return home from their Thanksgiving holiday getaway, many are paying gas prices that are higher than what they paid before leaving on their road trip," said Ragina C. Averella, a AAA spokeswoman, in a statement.

The rise follows months of declines in the price of gas, and may be temporary, AAA said.

The spike is in part due to holiday travel, but is also being driven by "planned and unplanned maintenance" at a number of Gulf Coast refineries that supply the Mid-Atlantic region, AAA said.

The driver advocacy organization expects prices will remain high — and even continue to rise — in the next week, but will eventually begin to decline again.

AAA said it stands by previous estimates that gas will fall to near $3.10 by the end of the year.

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