By Sandra Rose  | 

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Gas stations in Washington state reprogrammed pumps in preparation for $10-a-gallon prices, as station owners anticipate running out of gas.

A spokesperson for the "76" gas station chain confirmed that its stations are reprogramming the pumps for $10-a-gallon gasoline as gas pumps run dry in the state. Only the well-off will be able to afford to fill up their cars.

Some Gas station owners in the state have already run out of gas this week.

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"Everything is pointing toward even higher prices. We are well on our way toward $5," said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates. Lipow told CNN that prices will rise higher by Memorial Day weekend.

The national average price of gasoline reached $4.57 on Wednesday. Some states in California are reporting prices of $5.98 on Wednesday, as the war rages on in Ukraine.

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The average price of gas a year ago was $3.04-a-gallon, and $2.41 during Donald Trump's final month in office.

Last weekend, the Biden administration reportedly cancelled a 1-million acre oil lease in Alaska.