Utica, NY (WIBX) -Gas prices are inching closer to the $4.00 a gallon mark.

AAA's Ed Welsh says the average price in the Utica-Rome market is $3.83 a gallon, an increase of 18-cents from a month ago.

Welsh says nationally, prices are at the highest level on record for the month of February.

The average price at this time last year was $3.38 a gallon.