About 5 pm: At upper elevation (~9200 ft+) surface somewhat wet, spongy supportable base. Easy pole penetration about 15-20cm, firm below that. Stepped off my snowboard at about 8800 ft and my feet went easily to the ground, about 80cm deep, like standing and riding in slush. Creepy. Shady areas were not refreezing (this was about 4 to 6 pm, well before dark but lower E facing was shady for a while.
The crown length and depth in Days from at least a mile away looked terrifying. The crown area shape and distance from the ridge looked looked to be right about where you'd expect to find maximum wind deposition from strong SW winds. Not sure what to call this hazard level now - maybe High tomorrow if it warms enough? That's how I'm treating it. What will it take to freeze and lock up the wet snow to the ground?
I saw some loose wet debris below about 8800 ft in steep aspens, but not enough to do any damage