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Motorists in Kentucky -- and nationwide -- can add cheaper gas to their list of "things for which to be thankful" this Thanksgiving holiday, according to industry analysts.

In figures released Monday by AAA, the national gas price average was $2.62 per gallon, 7 cents less than a week ago and the largest one-week decline in prices at the pump this year. That decrease is welcome news for the nearly 49 million Americans that AAA projects are hitting the road this Thanksgiving holiday.

GasBuddy, a real-time source for gasoline prices, projects the national average this Thanksgiving will be $2.57 per gallon.

"With gas prices decreasing in nearly every city every day since mid-October, travelers should be shopping around to find the stations that have passed along the big savings," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

In Kentucky, the average price of gas Tuesday evening was $2.342 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. Prices were down 1.6 cents from Monday's average statewide, and 30.9 cents from last month's average. Prices are down 3.9 cents from last year's average of $2.386.

In the Paducah area, gas prices Tuesday ranged from $2.22 per gallon to $2.37. Elsewhere in Kentucky, according to GasBuddy, prices were $1.99 in Henderson, $2.19 in Frankfort, $2.45 in Covington, $2.09 in Lexington and $2.25 in London.

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