UNDATED -- We were expecting it, and now it's happened.  Gas prices are starting to jump in the St. Cloud metro area.

Some stations raised their price for a gallon of regular unleaded by .20 cents today (Wednesday) up to $3.79.

The increase is in response to higher crude oil prices.

Oil prices are climbing as the dollar declines against other major currencies. After topping $109 earlier today, it's trading at $108.74 per barrel. The price at the pump has hit a national average of more than $3.70 for a gallon of regular.