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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gas prices soared an average 19 cents in the past three weeks, an industry analyst said Sunday.

The average retail price for all three grades increased 18.95 cents to $2.32 per gallon between March 18 and Friday, said Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations around the country.

In the Buffalo Niagara region, the average price for a gallon of regular was at $2.288 a gallon today, up 22 cents from a month ago, according to the AAA. Diesel is at $2.498, up 14.6 cents from a month ago.

Nationally, self-serve regular, was priced at $2.29 a gallon, while customers paid $2.38 for midgrade. Premium averaged $2.48 a gallon for the period.

Last week, the Energy Department said it expects gasoline prices to average $2.35 a gallon nationwide in May, the dawn of the heavy summer season.