TRENTON, N.J. — Motorists in New Jersey are seeing higher prices at the pump, and analysts say they expect that to continue.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas Friday in the state was $2.67, six cents higher than last week. Motorists were paying $2.29 a gallon at this time last year.

The national average gas price Friday was $2.65, up from $2.59 last week. A year ago, drivers across the nation were paying an average of $2.31 for a gallon of regular gas.

Analysts say the market is starting to purge winter-blend gasoline to make room for more expensive summer-blend gasoline, and some areas may eventually see prices exceed last year’s high price.