A woman driving an SUV skidded off of snow-coated Highway 243 near Lake Fulmore Tuesday and slid down a 20-foot embankment, where she was trapped with her dog until firefighters rescued her.

The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. roughly a mile south of the lake, and halfway between Idyllwild and Banning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Two Riverside County Fire Department engine crews made their way to the site amid heavy snowfall, reaching the location at 4 p.m., according to reports from the scene.

Firefighters discovered that the woman had managed to extricate herself from the SUV with her small dog, but the steepness of the terrain and snow made it impossible for her to climb back to the roadway, officials said.

Both sides of Highway 243 were shut down as crews used rappelling equipment to reach the victim and her dog, carrying them to safety.

The woman suffered minor injuries but reportedly did not require hospitalization. There was no word on whether the dog was hurt.

The highway was reopened within 15 minutes, according to the CHP.

Snow chain requirements were implemented by officers along the 243 at 3:30 p.m. as blizzard-like conditions settled over the mountain communities.

The winter weather was expected to progress eastward during the overnight hours.

National Weather Service meteorologists predicted up to six inches of snow for the Idyllwild area.

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