Average gasoline prices in the Tacoma area have fallen nearly 20 cents a gallon over the last week as cold weather demand falls and supplies stabilize.
According to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular fell to $3.88 today in the Tacoma area. That compares with a price of $4.078 a gallon just a week ago.
Today’s average price is 2.5 cents less than Sunday’s average.
Bargain hunters can find the area’s lowest price at a Chevron station in Dupont at Barksdale Avenue and Wilmington Drive where a gallon was selling for $3.65 a gallon at midday.
In the Olympia area, the lowest price was $3.71 a gallon at a U.S. Gas station at Martin Way East and Nisqually Cutoff Road Southeast.
If this year follows historic patterns — it hasn’t so far — gas prices will continue falling almost until Christmas time.
Gas prices here still exceed the national average by nearly 22 cents a gallon. Higher gas taxes and a relatively isolated market keep West Coast prices higher than the national average.