A courageous cyclist weighed down by snowy tires crossing campus. A devoted dog owner on a walk with his pup. A hungry student taking a study break to pick up some pizza.

These were some of the community members who braved snow, ice pellets and winds on Tuesday to trek to Ryerson.

All photos taken by Maggie Macintosh

Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning alert for the GTA Tuesday. Between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow and ice pellets and winds as fast as 80 km/h were forecast into the evening

Ryerson classes, university-run events, research labs, exams, business services and administrative operations were affected by the storm that blanketed the city in white.

It was the first full snow day for Ryerson in more than five years. The last time Ryerson shuttered operations due to snow was on Feb. 8, 2013 — when a storm brought more than 30 cm of snow to Toronto.

So far this year Ryerson has cancelled classes on three separate occasions due to severe weather. The university cancelled classes after 1 p.m. on Feb. 6 and evening classes on Jan. 28.

The vice-president, administration and operations and the provost and vice-president, academic are in charge of making snow day decisions.

“Though it happens rarely, if severe weather conditions put the safety of the community at risk, the university may close operations,” according to Ryerson’s website.

Tuesday’s weather is associated with a Colorado low that will cross Southern Ontario in the evening.

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