TAMPA, Fla. - The price of oil dropped for the third consecutive week, pushing retail prices to their lowest level in months. Sunday, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline fell for the 16th consecutive day. Since last week, the average price fell 4 cents to $3.62, the cheapest price since April.<br />
Oil settled at its lowest price in two months on the NYMEX as U.S. stockpiles increased last week and supply risks eased in Iraq and Libya. The price for a barrel of oil settled at $100.83 Friday, a $3.23 decline from a week ago.<br />
"Oil prices hit a free-fall at the end of last week," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "As a result, motorists in the southeast could see prices at the pump fall 10 to 20 cents in the next two weeks."<br />
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Florida is 3 cents cheaper than last week and the lowest since March 25. In Georgia, the average price is 4 cents cheaper than last week and the lowest since April 7. In Tennessee, the price is 4 cents cheaper than last week, the lowest since April 4. Gas prices are on a streak of declines, falling 16 consecutive days in Florida, 20 days in Georgia, and 18 in Tennessee.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.