The cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas has shot up to $3.39 just in time for Christmas travel.
Stations in Belleville that had fuel priced at $3.13 Sunday hiked it 26 cents Monday morning.
Fuel cost website Gasbuddy.com attributes the rise to seasonal demand.
"Motorists hitting the road for Christmas travel are cringing as gasoline prices have picked up with the best now behind us," GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a release. "While prices will advance, I don't expect it to last too long. January and February generally also feature relatively low gasoline prices. And while motorists aren't looking forward to the higher prices, they may take some solace in our expectation that gasoline prices in 2014 should average lower than they will after 2013 is complete."