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Metro-east drivers get an unpleasant surprise at pump

Metro-east drivers fueling up for the weekend on Friday were met with a price hike at the pump.

Prices at most metro-east locations had jumped more than 20 cents overnight, and in a few cases, 30 cents. In Belleville, stations that had a gallon of gas priced as low as $1.87 on Thursday were charging $2.09 on Friday. A Moto Mart on West Main Street was selling gas for $1.79 Thursday night.

The metro-east price bump runs counter to what is being seen throughout the nation, according to a tweet from GasBuddy.

Even with the price hike, metro-east prices are still below the state average in Illinois, which is $2.12 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. For someone with a 20-gallon tank, it would cost them about an extra $4 to fill up.

It could be worse. Four years ago, the average gas price in the U.S. was $3.41 a gallon.