Spring arrived in Louisiana yesterday and almost as if on cue the birds started to sing, the flowers started to bloom and the gas prices started their annual rise for the Spring and Summer driving season. The American Automobile Association said gas prices in Louisiana were up about a nickel state wide over the past week.

One of the reasons for the springtime rise in prices is the transition of winter blend gasoline to summer blend gasoline. Another concern is the current political climate around the world including tension with Russia and Ukraine. These tensions have helped to keep prices high in the oil and gas market around the world.

Triple A suggests that Louisiana motorist start budgeting for higher gas prices over the next few weeks. Some analyst have forecast the price of a gallon of gas in Louisiana could be as high as $3.50 a gallon by the first of May.