Montana gas prices continue to drop, making holiday travel easier compared to previous years. Petroleum Analyst Will Speer said prices in Montana have fallen over seven cents per gallon over the past week, falling to $2.01 per gallon.

"38 of the 50 states saw a weekly decline in gas prices. However, this majority of states lowering gas prices wasn’t enough to move the national average significantly, a testament to the severity of California’s gas price hike," Speer said. "As the refining issues impacting California aren’t expected to be resolved this week, California will continue to inflate the national gas price average into the new year."

Speer said that as the majority of the U.S. is still experiencing falling retail gas prices, California and the Great Lakes states are buoying the national average, keeping it from dropping further below $2 per gallon.

On the home front, Billings is seeing gas prices similar to Missoula at $1.98 per gallon. Neighboring states such as Idaho, gas prices are $2.11 per gallon, whereas Wyoming gas prices are below both, at $1.94 per gallon.

Speer said the national average hasn't moved in the past week, remaining at $2.00 per gallon.

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