Missoula gas prices have remained fairly stagnant for over a month, but the national average continues to change on a weekly basis. Patrick DeHaan is the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy and he gives us the current prices at the pump.

“Average prices in Missoula inched up by four tenths of a penny and most stations didn’t even change their price,” DeHaan said. “The average in Missoula is $2.73 per gallon. The statewide average was down about a penny and it stands at about $2.71 per gallon. The national average stands at $2.63 per gallon. The national average dropped by about two cents. All in all, it was a pretty quiet week across most of the country as it relates to gas prices.”

At the start of September, Missoula gas prices were 18 cents higher than the national average. DeHaan says that gap closed quite a bit recently, but it might not be that way for long.

“California pulled the national average higher when prices increased well above four dollars,” DeHaan said. “That has kind of negated the differential between Montana and the national average. Montana is actually slightly lower than a month ago and the national average is seven cents higher than a month ago. I expect the national average will start moving down with a little bit more momentum.”

Missoula gas prices today are 33 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and DeHaan says prices could drop even more in early November.