HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – The temperatures are low and filling up at the gas station will leave our bank accounts the same way.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

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Oil analyst Peter Beutel says he sees nothing on the horizon to lower gasoline prices.

Some of the big refineries are headed for maintenance and that will temporarily tighten.

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Beutel says the seasonal demand months of March and April are just ahead, which could push gas prices over a significant benchmark.

“It definitely appears that we are going to be seeing that $4 posted more and more,” Beutel told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “By May, we may see it for all octanes.”

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Beutel says the big push behind the price increase has been the investment lure behind buying commodities like oil and gold as an inflation hedge.