Any time the word "snow" appears in a headline, Portlanders click like they've lost control of their car.

That's the lesson from the WW stories that drew the most traffic in 2019. Three of them were about forecasts of powder. (It might have helped that the top story, meant to warn of the biggest snowstorm in 19 years, instead was interpreted as predicting the most snow in 100 years.)

Other topics piqued readers' interest, too: taxes and Joey Gibson, especially. But mostly it was snow. Want to revisit these stories? Buy some kale, visit, and settle in for a cozy winter evening, Portland-style.

Here are the top 10 most read WW stories of 2019.

A company that provides Portland City Hall with weather forecasts sounded an alarm for a storm it thought would be worse than the record-breaking blizzards that hit Portland in 2008. (In fact, the storm largely missed Portland, but not before residents made sure to strip grocery shelves of kale.)

Portland-based Stimson Lumber announced that it would lay off at least 60 people at its Forest Grove mill—40 percent of the workforce there—and move some of its operations to Idaho and Montana. The announcement fueled a Republican rebellion against a carbon cap-and-trade bill.

On a quiet February afternoon, the Civil Air Patrol walked into Southeast Portland pub Vagabond Brewing in search of a wrecked aircraft. They found it hovering in the rafters as a decoration.  They found it hovering in the rafters as a decoration—they'd been alerted because the emergency locator beacon was still working.

The same storm as our most-read story! Forecasters named it Maya. The Portland International Airport canceled several flights. (Then Maya, for the most part, bypassed Portland. At least we were all prepared?)

Hundreds of texts obtained by WW showed that Portland Police Lt. Jeff Niiya, who tracked protests and extremist groups, maintained a cozy rapport with right-wing organizer Joey Gibson. The story led to an outside investigation, which cleared Niiya of wrongdoing but showed top police brass failed to adequately explain to the public what he was up to.

Hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg made a surprise visit to Ontario, Ore. in October to celebrate the opening of a new cannabis dispensary. The free show sparked alarm among local law enforcement, who initiated "major incident response protocol" to manage crowds.

After Alabama's governor signed legislation making performing abortions illegal, Portland Trail Blazers fans pledged to donate a dollar for each point scored against the Golden State Warriors to The Yellowhammer Fund—which provides abortion access assistance for Alabamans. The Blazers scored 111 points that night.

8. November 13: Portland Might Be in For Another White Winter. Don't Freak Out— Embrace It. –  Matthew Singer: 78,956 pageviews

We got the message: You're scared of snow. So we put together a guide to make it a little easier—including the best urban ski spots and where to eat, drink and frolic in an empty and transformed downtown.

On Aug. 1, new rules went into effect in Washington state banning CBD food and drinks from being sold outside of licensed cannabis retailers. That left Oregon as now the last state on the West Coast where consumers can buy CBD products at the grocer.

Portlanders have gotten used to bloody brawls between right-wing Proud Boys and antifascist protesters. But police changed tactics this summer—and the two groups ended up playing a game of cat-and-mouse and remaining more than a mile apart at all times.