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Gas prices drop in Wisconsin over the past month

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin gas prices are almost 25 cents cheaper than a month ago, and 40 cents cheaper than a year ago.

The AAA says the average price is $3.35 Tuesday for a gallon of regular unleaded. It was $3.58 at this time last month, and $3.75 in mid-October of 2012.

Gregg Laskoski, a senior analyst at GasBuddy.Com, says the price drop corresponds to the emergence of winter gasoline blends which are cheaper to produce. He also said there were refinery problems that kept prices in the Midwest higher than normal a year ago.

Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.Com says the federal government shutdown is producing less data on supply and demand -- and if the shutdown continues, it could cause more volatile futures' markets.

Still, analysts project fuel prices to fall another 10 to 15 cents between now and the holidays.