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ST. PAUL, Minn. - When you have the potential of dropping about 40 degrees in a day or so, even a meteorologist in Canada shivers.

"That's insanity," said Chief Meteorologist Josh Classen with CTV Edmonton.

With everything Classen sees in Alberta, Canada, he is amazed by what we may be in for here in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin over the next few days.

"People here do this," Classen said with a smile while putting on a large winter hat on his head. "That's what we do. Everyone owns a hat that looks a lot like this."

We spoke to Classen via Facetime Friday night.

Usually it's our friends north of the border who have the answers about how to survive the bone-chilling cold headed our way, but Classen said it's actually going to be warmer in Edmonton, Alberta at least next week.

"We'll be 10 degrees warmer than you guys. The cold air is glancing off of us and sinking right on top of you guys," he said with a smile.

Besides wearing layers and avoiding being outdoors for long periods of time, there are few other things we can do to help make our lives easier next week.

We'll start with preparing your home.

"We do recommend you check your furnace filter, even if you checked it recently," said Andy Ryan, General Manager of Minneapolis – St. Paul Plumbing and Heating.

Not only did Ryan recommend you check your furnace filter, but also purchase the cheapest one you can find.

"The less expensive filter the better," he said.

Wait, what? A thinner filter will actually improve air flow and therefore keep your home warmer, he said.

KARE 11 also took questions from people on Facebook and Twitter.

Lois asked on KARE 11's Facebook page, "What can a person do to prevent water pipes from freezing?"

"The more heat the less likely they are going to freeze," said Ryan.

So that's why he recommended opening up your cabinet doors to your kitchen and bathroom sinks to keep the pipes as warm as possible, specifically if the bathroom and/or kitchen connect directly to outside walls.

And then there's getting your car started in sub-zero temperatures. The best option is to keep the vehicle in a garage, but what if you don't have one?

Nora asked that very thing on Twitter, "I don't have a garage. What can I do to help ensure it will start Monday?"

Mechanics at Lloyd's Automotive in St. Paul believe driving Sunday night a bit more than usual could help because it may keep the engine warmer for Monday morning, said Manager Nick Stoffel.

But the best advice is regular maintenance.

"If you change the oil, you keep up on the condition of your spark plugs, you have a full tank of gas, you have a good strong battery your car will start on Monday," said Stoffel.

Another question came from Andrea on Twitter. "Do I need a full tank of gas?" Stoffel said yes. And the reason is simple.

"On a colder day it will use more fuel to get up and running," he said.

But here's the rub. If you need to get your car into the mechanic by Monday, your chances are almost lower than the predicted temperatures.

"We try to be never a day or two behind and we're looking at the middle of next week," said Stoffel.

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