Gas prices dropping during holiday season

Perhaps the greatest gift residents across the Mountain Area can all enjoy this holiday season is cheaper gas, as AAA predicted prices will continue to fall.

At the pump statewide, prices are down 18 cents, with an average price of unleaded regular at $2.68 per gallon.

In Oakhurst on Monday, prices ranged from $2.39 at Yosemite Gas, Valero, and Vons, to $2.59 at Chevron. Similar ranges were seen in Coarsegold, Ahwahnee, and other areas.

“During the winter months demand for gasoline typically declines, and pump prices tend to move lower as a result,” AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said.

California’s average gas prices is 29 cents below where it was at the same time last year.

Nationally, the average is $2.03, which is predicted to fall below the $2 mark by the end of the year for the first time since 2009.